Haziq released, no probe for now, says lawyer

Haziq Aziz.

PETALING JAYA: Police today released Haziq Aziz after he was detained overnight following his shocking claim that he and Mohamed Azmin Ali were involved in homosexual acts.

He was released at 5.45pm from the Dang Wangi police station.

His lawyers were with him when he left the station in a Proton Persona.

Haziq’s lawyer Ramesh Sivakumar said his client had been released on police bail and will have to show up for questioning if needed.

“They initially wanted to extend his remand but later decided to release him. There is no further investigation as of now,” he said.

Ramesh added his client was happy with the treatment given by the police and “the police accorded him all the rights under the law”.

He also said that Haziq is prepared to cooperate fully with the police on the case.

According to him, Haziq was required to undergo a medical examination today at Hospital KL, which was completed at 4pm today.

Police arrested Haziq at the KLIA departure hall at 6pm yesterday.

Haziq, who is the Santubong PKR Youth chief, was scheduled to leave for Manila.

Ramesh said he did not know the reason for his client’s plan to travel to Manila. No travel restrictions have been imposed on Haziq, he added.

On Wednesday, Haziq had admitted that he was one of two men filmed engaging in homosexual acts at a hotel last month.

The private secretary of Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the videos, which he claimed were recorded without his permission, were taken on May 11 at the Four Points hotel in Sandakan during the recent by-election there.

He also named Azmin, who is economic affairs minister and PKR deputy president, as the other person in the video.

Azmin has strongly denied the claim and has threatened to take legal action.

In a statement last night, CID chief Huzir Mohamed said Haziq will be investigated for carnal intercourse against the order of nature and distribution of obscene material.

Haziq will also be probed under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which criminalises the use of network facilities or network services by a person to transmit any communication that is deemed to be offensive.

“He will also be investigated for intending to provoke a breach of public peace,” he said.